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What is the cause of having a feeling of current passing through the legs especially at night?


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Published At August 12, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 41-year-old male. I feel like a current passing through my legs, especially during the night before sleep on the bed. A sudden shock comes frequently for about two hours. It starts from the elbow to the feet. Earlier it was on the right leg. Now both legs have the same problem. My spinal cord was operated on 15 years ago, PIVD L5 S1 for slip disc and nerve compression. Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

This can be due to a disc prolapse at another level. So you need to get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of the lumbosacral spine plain.

  1. Avoid lifting heavy weights.

  2. Avoid arching your back, instead bend your knees to pick up something from the floor.

  3. Avoid sitting for long hours.

  4. Avoid two-wheeler rides.

  5. Improve your posture while sitting.

  6. Try to get up from your chair every 20 mins and take a quick walk around and then continue working. Always sit on a chair with back support.

  7. Do not get up suddenly from a sleeping position. Rather, turn to the side and then get up.

  8. Take bed rest if severe pain.

  9. Do hot fomentations, locally over the affected area, at least twice daily. I suggest you take the medicines below.

    1. Take tablet Pregabalin 75 mg 15 days before food at 7 PM every day,

    2. Take tablet Etoricoxib 60 mg twice daily 10 days after food.

    3. Take a tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg twice daily for 10 days before food.

    4. Take a tablet of Shelcal (Calcium) 500 mg twice daily 30 days before food.

    5. Take a tablet of vitamin D 60k units once daily for 10 days, then once a month for 11 months.

    6. Apply Oxalgin gel (Diclofenac), for local application twice daily.

Do physiotherapy, McKenzie's back extension exercises, back core strengthening exercises, glute strengthening exercises, and passive straight leg raising exercises. These exercises can be done initially under a supervision of a physiotherapist or learn to do it at home. Start physiotherapy once the pain reduces. Only regular exercises can give results.

Kindly consult a specialist, talk to them, and take medications with their consent. Do not take these tablets if you have bronchial asthma. After the pain reduces, the following activities are good for you:

  1. Swimming, yoga, and walking are good.

  2. Jogging, running, and weight-lifting can aggravate back problems.

    I hope this helps you. Thank you for consulting me.

    You can always come back and reach me at icliniq.com.

Probable diagnosis

The probable diagnosis is degenerative disc prolapse. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was not done.

Regarding follow up

SOS or with MRI scan.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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